ERIC Number: ED332734
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Follow-Up Study on Guidance 7, College Success Students at Columbia College, 1989-90.
Bruno, Elsie M.
In 1989, a study was conducted at Columbia College (CC) in California to determine the effects of CC's "College Success" course (Guidance 7) on student attitudes, performance, and retention; and to determine ways in which the course could be improved. College Success, which focuses on techniques for effective reading, studying, memorizing, test taking, note taking, and communicating, is offered on the CC campus and on the campuses of local high schools. Surveys were sent to 192 students who completed College Success in 1988 and 1989, requesting respondents to rate various aspects of course content; the extent to which they used particular tools, skills, and ideas as a result of taking the course; the value of specific instructional methods; and the impact of the course on motivation, communication skills, study skills, and grades. In addition, data on students' grades and course completions were gathered from high school transcripts and the college's database. Study findings, based on responses from 61 students, included the following: (1) at least 64% of the respondents rated all 15 aspects of the course as "Valuable,""Very Valuable," or "Extremely Valuable"; (2) 61% reported that the one skill they used to the "Very Greatest Extent" as a result of taking the course was the technique of "Listening for and Using Key Words in Note Taking"; (3) the instructor qualities/behaviors rated most beneficial were showing respect for students, previewing quizzes, being available outside of class, and encouraging questions; and (4) the college students who took College Success showed an improvement in grades and units attempted and completed, while results were mixed for high school College Success students. The survey instruments are included. (WP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Attendance, College Preparation, College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Course Content, Followup Studies, Grade Point Average, High School Students, High Schools, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Study Skills, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Northern California Community Colleges Research Group.; Yosemite Community Coll. District, Modesto, CA.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Coll., CA.